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Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o is the wealthiest foreign-born English Premier League (EPL) player with a net worth of £39 million (US$64 million), according to a Wealth-X list that also includes players from Spain, Argentina and the Czech Republic. Cameroonian-born Eto'o signed a one-year deal with Chelsea in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee, although several media reports claimed he took a substantial pay cut to move to the English club from Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala. The combined fortunes of the 10 footballers on the list is £245 million (US$402 million), £10 million less than the combined net worth of the individuals on Wealth-X's list of the wealthiest English-born EPL players. Wayne Rooney topped that list – and also ranks first on the combined list of English and foreignborn EPL footballers - with his £45 million (US$ 73 million) personal fortune. Three Chelsea players appear in the list, and collectively their combined wealth totals £87 million (US$ 142 million). Manchester City is also represented by three players on the list, with a combined net worth of £68 million (US$ 111 million). Below are the top 5 wealthiest foreign-born EPL players: Rank Name 1

Country of Origin Samuel Eto'o

Team Chelsea

Net Worth (£ million) 39


Ryan Giggs

Manchester Utd



Fernando Torres




Yaya Toure

Manchester City



Sergio Aguero

Manchester City


Michael Byrne, Wealth-X UK Director, said: "The results of this survey may come to a surprise for many, who may have been under the impression that foreign-born EPL players receive more rewarding compensation than their English counterparts. “English-born footballers in the EPL amass greater sponsorship and are therefore in a position to accumulate greater overall net worth. This run-down certainly produces more surprises than the Englishborn list."

ALL-SQUARE IN LOCAL DERBY Billinge had to settle for a share of the points in an entertaining local derby against Pilkington on Saturday. The visitors took a first-half lead through Craig Leigh but a Joey Unsworth solo effort secured the point for The Storks. It could and probably should have been three points to Billinge but the draw stops the series of defeats and sets them up well for the second-half of the season. Although the first period belonged to the visitors it was Billinge that were first out of the blocks as Paul Ryan shot narrowly wide in the first minute. It was the same player who almost scored three minutes later when his looping header from a Rob Ablewhite cross shaved the upright. On 11 minutes Graeme Green should have done better for Billinge when clear on goal but his shot went high and wide. This signalled a period of dominance by Pilks and on 26 minutes they were ahead. A good move resulted in Leigh ghosting in at the far post to knock the ball past Billinge custodian Aaron Cameron. With Pilkington keeping the ball well the remainder of the half saw Billinge on the back foot. However for all Pilks possession the Billinge defence held firm with the new centre-back partnership of Mark Jones and Aaron Morris performing brilliantly. At the other end The Storks only attacking highlight was when Green finished superbly from 18 yards but an assistant referee's flag was to rule the effort out for offside. The second-half saw a total change in the game as it was Pilks who were now on the back foot. From the restart Green forced a corner and then Ryan produced a teasing cross that evaded everybody in the six-yard box. With the large crowd getting behind the home side Billinge surged forward and on 56 minutes they were level. Unsworth picked the ball up in his own half and simply took the ball forward through the Pilkington midfield before unleashing a shot from 25 yards that beat the visitors’ keeper Philip Bednarczyk to even it up. Billinge sensed victory but a mixture of good defending; a frustrating offside trap and poor finishing meant it stayed level. Green earned a booking for questioning one too many offside decisions while substitute James Webb had a glorious chance to win it for The Storks. A superb move found Webb free in the six-yard with an open goal in front of him but somehow he failed to finish and his week effort hit the flailing feet of Bednarczyk and went away for a corner. On 86 minutes it was the turn of another substitute - Chad Whyte to miss a decent opportunity but his shot trickled just wide of the post. The Storks continued to look for the winner but Pilks held out for a 1-1 draw. After the game Billinge chairman Steve Dickson was complimentary of the players saying: "The lads gave everything in the second-half and if we play like that for the remainder of the season we'll have a good 2014. "Webb had a great chance to win the game - and you'd have put your house on him scoring but somehow the ball stayed out the net.

FROM THE BOARDROOM: STEVE DICKSON – CHAIRMAN OF BILLINGE FC Welcome to everyone at Carr Mill Road for a hastily rearranged game. The recent appalling weather has turned Rudheath’s ground into something resembling a duck pond. Fortunately the Billinge pitch has remarkable drainage capabilitie incorporated into its design which means that it can cope with all but the wildest weather. Rudheath make their inaugural visit to Barrows Farm having been promoted the previous season. Billinge welcome back an old friend in the form of Steve Lloyd who was the gaffer at Tarporley before taking over the reins at Rudheath. Steve also doubles up as the Cheshire League’s Inter-League manager. Any Billinge player hoping to emulate Nathan Ogden and play at a representative level would do well to put in a performance that ensures that they are noticed by Steve who will undoubtedly recognise any talent that has the potential to represent the League. In light of recent poor results we were all pleased to see a spirited performance against Pilkington FC last week, especially in the second-half. Billinge can count themselves unfortunate not to have come away with all of the points, some said it felt like a corner had been turned so it’s important that the form showed last week is maintained and the lads continue to improve. I know, behind the scenes, Fletch and his backroom staff have been working hard to add quality to the squad, Tom Darkes has been signed having represented Ashton Town. Tom follows in the footsteps of Aaron Morris who made a phenomenal start last week making his full-debut following his own move from Ashton Town and we are all excited and hopeful that Tom can emulate Aaron and quickly become a crowd pleaser. The last two weeks have seen the biggest crowds of the season – putting other local clubs’ – higher up the pyramid – attendances to shame so thanks to everybody that attended. I can tell you the players and management really appreciate your support. We are trying really hard to put a team together that the fans can be proud of. Any fans that come down don’t forget to visit jayne’s Boot Room Café, where hot and cold drinks are available along with the fantastic hot food after the game. We are now starting to look towards the end of the season and the biggest event that Billinge FC has ever put on takes place on Friday 23 May, It is then when the Sportsman’s Evening hosted by the character that is Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock takes place. Anybody that has seen him live – or even recent appearances on Soccer AM will know that he is an absolutely superb entertainer. Tables and seats are now available to purchase and details can be found elsewhere in the programme


NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS Wigan Robin Park have announced the appointment of Darryl Picton as the club's new Chairman. Darryl joins the Robins after a spell as Commercial and Sponsorship Manager at local rivals St Helens Town AFC, and brings a wealth of business, football and sponsorship experience to the club. Speaking about his appointment, Darryl said: "Following the departure of the previous chairman Steve Halliwell, and a difficult season, the club identified the need to bring new blood and energy in order to fulfil their ambitions. "It is hoped that the appointment of a new Chairman will be the catalyst to drive the club forward. “I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Wigan Robin Park as the new Chairman. I had a fantastic time working at St Helens Town and I can't speak highly enough of the club, but the opportunity to step up to the Chairman role at my hometown club was a challenge I simply could not turn down. "The club is going through a difficult transition period but I have every confidence that the club will push on to the next level under my stewardship and the hard work of the committee, and we have a great vision for the club's future. "Wigan is a massive town and although there are other clubs around the borough outskirts, the Robins are the town centre's only semi pro club, and with such great facilities there is huge potential for development. This club is destined to achieve great things. "It is our intention to make Wigan Robin Park a beacon of excellence in grass roots football. I don’t need to remind anyone around the town that Wigan Athletic were a non league club 35 years ago and they went all the way. "If the Robins can emulate at least some of the success of our neighbours with the strategy we are developing for future success, it will hopefully see us move the club on to the next level and leave a lasting legacy in the town“. St Helens Town Chairman John McKiernan said: "I am obviously disappointed that Darryl has chosen to leave us but we understand it was simply too good an opportunity for him to let go by and he goes with our best wishes for future success. Darryl’s a Wigan lad and the lure of being at the helm of a local club was too strong. "He’s been a real asset to St Helens Town and has developed a significant number of sponsorship and commercial partnerships which we hope will continue long into the future. In doing so he has generated much needed income for the St Helens Town in tough economic times. McKiernan added: "Darryl put a huge amount of time and effort into the club and it reaped rewards with some great sponsorship deals which built on the work of previous seasons. You only need to look at our website and match-day programme so to see the wide range of local, regional and national companies who are now on board". Darryl's first official game at the helm of his new club will be today's trip to Abbey Hey.

FLIGHT OF THE STORKS RUDHEATH SOCIAL AWAY –SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 2014 KICK-OFF 2PM In two weeks’ time Billinge FC will be traveling to Gamesley for a Cheshire League Division One game. Many thanks in advance for your support. Here are all the details you need to get you there:

Melandra Park, Melandra Castle Road, Gamesley SK13 6UQ Directions: From M60 ring road, pick up the M67 at Denton roundabout signposted Sheffield. At the end of the motorway, take first exit A57. Forward to the traffic lights and go straight ahead (A57). At bottom of hill take the right lane and at the traffic lights turn right (A57). Bottom of the road at mini roundabout, take the second exit (A57). Go straight through first set of main traffic lights and at second set of lights take the right hand lane and turn right up the hill (Before passing under the viaduct). Take the first right hand turn at the park (Cottage Lane). Follow the ring road round, becomes Melandra Castle Road, keep going round and the first building on the right is the Gamesley Sport and Community Centre with the ground just behind it. BE EASIER GETTING TO AUSTRALIA! LOYAL SUPPORTERS May we thank you in advance for your support this season at home and at away matches. Your support is much appreciated by the team’s management and players; especially away from home when the team may be up against it with regards to support. At this level of football every penny is vital and your financial support at home matches is essential and your moral and (very) vocal support at home and away is invaluable to the lads on the field. Let’s hope we can reward your loyalty with a great season. THE GAFFERS


New teams wanted!!! The Cheshire League are currently accepting applications from new teams for season 2014-15. The League is also looking to expand its Reserve Division and encourages applications from existng member clubs! If you interested in joining the League then please contact Mike Quigley, League Secretary

Cheshire League Secretary Position Current Cheshire League Secretary Michael Quigley is moving on after the 2013-14 season and the Cheshire League is in need of a replacement. This position needs someone who will have experience in a secretarial/administration role, if you are interested in this role please contact Russ Washburn at:

LOCAL LEAGUE NEWS Widnes Vikings - striker Paul Cliff has rejoined the club and made his debut in last Saturday's home match against Irlam. Paul was the club's top goalscorer in the West Cheshire League last season, and was also named player of the year, before switching to Wigan Robin Park at the start of this season. Glossop North End then snapped him up for a spell but he has now returned to the Select Security Stadium for the rest of this season. Manager Steve Hill said: "Goals have sometimes been a problem this season for us as we can certainly create the chances, but it is finishing them that we struggle with. Paul is a natural goalscorer and his presence in and around the area will help us for the remainder of this season". Formby - the Squirrels' game against Irlam on Boxing Day at their temporary home at Victoria Park in Burscough brought back memories for some of the club's older supporters. The venue was a frequent destination for the club in the 1950s when they were in the Liverpool County Combination, and the derby clashes between the two clubs would be played on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Winsford United - the Blues raised ÂŁ70 for their chosen charity this season, Clowns In The Sky, through a bucket collection at their Boxing Day match against Congleton Town. The charity provides financial and practical help for children with brain tumours, and Blues Committee man Chris McCormack, who arranged the collection, said: "The folks at Clowns in the Sky have asked me to pass on their thanks to the "lovely supporters" at Winsford United on the day for their generosity. There will be a collection box on bar for anyone else who wants to help, and with permission the charity would like to repeat the exercise in April". Bootle - a date has now been fixed for the Bucks' Liverpool Senior Cup Quarter Final against Cammell Laird. The game will be played at the Delta Taxis Stadium on Tuesday 21st January, kick off 7.45 pm. Nelson- the club have announced the appointment of Darrell Slater-Smith to Head Coach of the Development Squad. The 36 year old, Preston based Coach brings a wealth of coaching experience including a recent spell in charge of Preston North End Women. Slater-Smith will be assisted by Michael Worthington, a UEFA B coach and the pair will take charge of their first game against Ossett Town next Thursday night (16th) at Victoria Park.

FA CUP third round day and, as sure as night follows day, a lot of the talk is about magic – or the lack of it. Someone call in David Blaine quick and see if he can come up with anything to make the world’s oldest competition what it once was. The same debate is played out year after year with misty eyed fans and pundits remembering the good old days when all anyone wanted was to get to Wembley and win the thing. A time when managers didn’t give their big hitters a week off and didn’t use it as an opportunity to blood some youngsters (Don’t they know that’s what the LEAGUE CUP is for). Sadly finishing in the bottom-half of the Premier League is now seen as more important by certain managers than actually getting a bit of silverware in the dusty trophy cabinet at their club. For what it’s worth, and that’s probably not a lot, I don’t think the FA Cup has completely lost its magic. Yes, shifting the final kick-off to a more TV friendly 5:30pm is worse than forgetting to send your nan a birthday card but down at the bottom of the pile it still conjures up great stories and gives players the opportunity to enjoy five minutes in the spotlight. The money Macclesfield are earning from their on-going Cup run is keeping them alive. The FA Cup romance debate could go on forever and probably will. But amid all the disrespecting of the Cup and first-team changes, two names popped up more familiar in Non-League circles – Danny Whitehead, now at West Ham, and Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore. For the former Non-Leaguers it was a chance to make their first team debuts. Last season Whitehead was in the Conference with Stockport County and Duncan Watmore was banging in goals for Conference North side Altrincham. Now they might not be the household names people – West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been hammered for his Hammers selections including Whitehead against Nottingham Forest – want to see but let’s look at it from the other perspective. These two lads will have been involved in FA Cup games before and loved every minute of it. Watmore was on TV when Alty took Burton to a replay in 2012. No doubt some would have been alerted to his exciting talent for that very reason. Now he’s taken to the pitch in the very same competition for a Premier League club. There will be young Non-League footballers now who can take inspiration from their rise. While some would do well to remember what the Cup is really about, there’s still plenty of magic in the old dog yet.

WORD FROM THE GAFFER After the Christmas period of booze and food I couldn’t wait to welcome back the lads with their New Year resolutions! We started back last week with a 1-1 draw - and what most would deem as two points dropped - at home to Pilks! But on the plus side there were some strong performances from Quigs, young Aaron Morris and Marko Jones in particular! We also welcomed back Joey Unsworth from an injury lay-off who then put in a sterling performance and capped it off with a clinical finish to help get Billinge at least a point. I’d also like to thank everybody that was there supporting the lads last Saturday: Not only our regular supporters but also players that are on the fringes of the first team and the reserve lads – who were without a game. It is much appreciated by all the management and committee. This week I welcome back even more lads after lay-offs and I’m looking forward to putting out what I would deem as one of my strongest teams on display. My lads have trained well considering weather conditions and hopefully after stopping the rot last week, they’ll be raring to go and upset the odds against a well-organised Rudheath team. We will be seen as the underdogs but the homework’s been done and with Rudheath missing their key striker Tulloch through suspension I fancy our chances of causing an upset and hopefully pushing on up the League and away from danger.

Yours Gareth Fletcher

Applications to Join North West Counties League The NWCFL Management Committee can now confirm that two applications for promotion to our League next season have been received by the FA. Applications from Barnton FC and Litherland Remyca FC were received by the FA before the deadline of 31st December 2013. Barnton FC play in the Cheshire Football League Division One, and are located in the village of Barnton which is on the A533, a couple of miles to the north of Northwich. The club was founded in 1946 and in 1948 they became a founder member of the Mid-Cheshire League. They have played in that league ever since and are one of two clubs who have remained in the league ever since, which was renamed the Cheshire Association Football League in 2007. They were champions of Division Two last season, and have maintained their good form this season, and currently sit in second place in the league table, three points behind the leaders Crewe FC. Litherland Remyca play in the Liverpool County Premier League, and play their home games at the Litherland Sports Park complex, which is just over a mile from Bootle's Delta Taxis Stadium. The park is recognised as one of the finest facilities within the Merseyside area, providing a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities, be they members of the local community or performance athletes. Under various names and guises, the club has been established since 1959, and has teams playing at various age groups including veterans teams for ages over 35 and over 40. The Remyca first team currently sit in ninth place in the Liverpool County League Premier Division. League Secretary John Deal said: “We are pleased that we have now received confirmation of two applications, as it seemed that the deadline had passed without us being advised of any clubs wishing to be promoted to our league. “Advisory ground grading visits have already been made at both clubs, and we will now look to work with both clubs over the next few months to ensure that they will fulfil the necessary criteria for joining our League next season. "Both clubs have work to do in order to meet the ground grading requirements. Barnton have no floodlights, and Litherland Remyca have no covered accommodations for spectators. However, both clubs have been working hard to secure the necessary funding and planning permission, and are optimistic that they can meet the necessary deadlines. "At this stage, we have not been advised by the FA if they have accepted applications for promotion from Uttoxeter Town (Staffordshire County Senior League) and West Kirby (Carlsberg West Cheshire League). Both clubs have been visited for advisory ground grading inspections earlier in the season. "We also visited Charnock Richard (West Lancashire League) but we have now been advised that they have withdrawn their application. "In addition, we have also been approached by representatives from three newly formed clubs, and in each instance they have been referred to the FA. The New Club deadline for applications is 31st March 2014".

THE CONCISE HISTORY OF BILLINGE FOOTBALL CLUB Billinge Football Club was founded in 1988 By Phil Middlehurst. They played then in the St Helens Combination at the Eddleston Playing Fields, Billinge. 1988-1989 to 1991-1992 Geoff Maggs was the first manager to take the reins of the newly-formed club. 1992-1993 to 1996-1997 Following Geoff Maggs' departure to pastures new, Les Pilling was installed as the club manager. 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 Billinge FC form a Reserve Team, Brian Collins is appointed First Team Manager and Les Pilling takes on the Manager's Job of the newly-created Reserve Team. 1999-2000 to 2004-2005 Manager Keith Amato, replaces Brian Collins as First Team Manager. Les Pilling continues his sterling work with the Reserve Team. Amato enjoyed success with Billinge FC bringing silverware to the club and being the first manager to take a Billinge team into the prestigious Mid-Cheshire League. 2005-2006 Paul Farrell is appointed as First Team Manager to replace Keith Amato, long time club stalwart Les Pilling is appointed as Farrell’s Assistant Manager and Colin Betts is appointed as Reserve Team Manager. 2007-2008 Ex-Wigan Athletic legend Bryan Griffiths is appointed as First Team Manager, assisted by Andrew Clough. Dave Knowles is appointed as the Reserve Team Manager. Knowles is the first Billinge manager to take a team to a Mid-Cheshire Cup Final, losing narrowly to Poynton on a penalty shootout. Following the highs of the Cup Final, various on-going issues meant that Knowles was to leave the club at the end of the season. 2008-2009 Griffiths and Clough get Billinge promoted to the top division in the Cheshire League. The club move grounds from Eddleston Fields to purpose-built facilities at Barrow Farm. Steve Dickson is appointed as Reserve Team Manager. 2009-2010 Griffiths and Clough consolidate the First Team in the Cheshire League top division and Dickson looks to re-build the Reserves with strong links into the Billinge Youth system. 2010-2011 Ex St Helens Town Manager Jimmy McBride comes out of retirement to take over the job of First Team Manager, Bryan Griffiths steps down to become assistant to McBride and Andrew Clough takes on the position of club Chairman.

High points include Neil McDermot, Gary Jones, Scott Tickle and Andy Ledger being named in the Cheshire League Inter-League Squad. Steve Dickson continues as Reserve Team Manager. At the end of the season McBride resigns after being offered his old job back at St Helens Town, McBride comes back for Andrew Clough as his Assistant Manager at Town. 2011-2012 Steve Dickson is promoted from the Reserves to the First Team, he appoints a Management Team including Adam Lowry as Head Coach, Rob Dainty as Assistant Manager and Les Pilling as Match Day Secretary. Dickson is given the task of rebuilding the team to have a more youthful look. A new Reserve Team Management Team is appointed with Brian Mather, Chez Tideswell and Campbell Wilson coming in with a host of new players. The First Team had a really good run of results which lead to a mid-table finish considering the disastrous start this was a great achievement, they were the first Billinge Senior Team to get to the Cheshire League's prestigious League Cup Final and the average age has been reduced to 22 years. The Reserves have equalled Dave Knowles feat of getting the Reserves to the Reserve Cup Final, they also went on to a league and cup double, beating Farnworth 3-0 in the Northern Cup Final then to be crowned as Cheshire League Reserve Division Champions. Following the Reserve Team's success at Billinge the management accepted an approach from Daten F.C and left to form Daten's first team. Billinge moved quickly to appoint Paul Oakes as the Reserve team manager, Oakes had enjoyed success with St Helens Combination Premier outfit Greenfields FC. Dave Knowles returned to the club as Assistant Manager to Oakes, with Rob Dainty taking on an advisory/youth development role, this position is temporary as Dainty will return to First Team duties. 2012-2013 Steve Dickson steered the First Team to safety in the top division while the Reserve Team, under Paul Oakes, finished a very respectable 7th. The Reserve Team became the first club to retain the Northern Cup when they beat Quarry Bank 3-1 in the final. 2013-2014 Paul Oakes and Steve Dickson take up the reins of the First Team management whilst Paul Farrell and Keith Amato are appointed Reserve Team managers. New members are added to the committee with Steve Dickson installed as chairman while the club runs a Sunday Team managed by committee member Dave Wood and playing in the South Lancs League at Barrows Farm as the club celebrates it’s silver anniversary.






THE BILLINGE SHOP IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS The ties - in claret and blue with the club crest and Billinge FC embroidered on them are superb quality as well as looking great. Furthermore they are priced at just £7.50. You can look long and hard to find any sporting club tie priced so competitively. We will put some proper photographs up later this week but until then attached are some taken by phone. The ties are the first in a series of club merchandise for sale. Coming soon: Enamel badges, scarves and mugs. All purchases put much-needed funds into the club and are available at all home matches at Barrows Farm.

SPORTSMAN'S EVENING - RAZOR'S COMING TO BILLINGE Billinge are pleased to announce that Neil 'Razor' Ruddock will be our special guest speaker at our Sportsman's Evening in May. The event - that will also encompass our presentation evening - will take place on Friday 23 May 2014 at Birchley St Mary's Club in Billinge. We have 'The A Team' on board as in addition to Razor we have the best comic on the circuit - Jimmy Bright along with the great MC for the evening Jerry Earl. With top catering and excellent raffles and other events this is going to be a tremendous evening that will undoubtedly sell out fast! TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE PRICED AT £35 AND AVAILABLE IN TABLES OF TEN. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE EVENT? FOR NOT MUCH EXTRA WE CAN OFFER VIP TABLES AND MENTIONS ON ALL OUR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL ALONG WITH AN ADVERT IN OUR PROGRAMME FOR THE REMAINDER - JUST GET IN TOUCH.


STRAIGHT FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE STORKS For those that all computer savvy and “have no time for all that paper stuff” then pleased be advised that you can read all our programmes online. All you have to do is go to the following links and take a gander:

The e-programmes have now had over 5,000 hits as we go to press so it’s good news for all at Billinge as we continue to expand the club. Personally I’d sooner have the paper version but I’m an old fart nowadays so no surprise there. This programme will be online Monday or Tuesday next week We also have a sponsorship brochure online that you can find at: Here however are a few of our sponsorship opportunities: KIT SPONSORSHIP TRACKSUIT SPONSORSHIP MATCH BALL SPONSORSHIP MATCH SPONSORSHIP HOSPITALITY PACKAGE

PLAYER SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME ADVERTISING SPORTSMAN’S EVENING SPONSORSHIP We have packages to suit all pockets. If you are interested then just see one of our committee at the game today. Meanwhile may we give a massive thanks to all our sponsors and spectators that put money behind the bar/admission/programmes etc.

RUDHEATH SOCIAL FC HISTORY...... Like most clubs it all started in a pub after a few beers!!!! John Watt and Warren Yeadon in the Green Dragon one boozy Sunday night let’s start a Sunday team and that's where the story begins Rudheath Social FC were formed in 1993 and they enter the Mid Cheshire Sunday Football League. Starting in the Third Division the early days arriving back at the club were how many did you lose today then!!!! But in the 1997/98 season times started to change an new young breed was introduced David Aleks, John O'Sullivan Mitch Izzard James Kimber Peter Gibbon and Social began to have a change of fortune heavy defeats were now being turned into wins and more younger players were snapped up as the years went by Graham Kay Phil O'Driscoll Lee Clarke Gary and David Bryning Social won the Supplementary Cup and promotion from Division Three and then won the Second Division promotion to the Premier League was secured and Social held their own securing mid table on three occasions under the stewardship of Steve Clarke and Tommy Yeadon but in 2007 / 2008 season a change of strategy was implemented after lengthy discussions with the players and management team it was felt a new manager and a couple of new additions on the playing side were required and Mike Alcock and Peter Lewis were appointed as managers success was needed and the first major trophy the Mid Cheshire District Cup was captured in dramatic fashion against ST Josephs from Winsford at Barton Stadium Social were 3-1 down with eight minutes to go Gary Bryning fired two goals to fetch the scores level then with extra time looming Stuart Tulloch popped up to score the winner one trophy became two when the Premier League title was won as well and creating history by becoming only the second team to win all their league games the following season Alcock and Lewis stepped down Alcock moving upstairs in a director of football role and Lewis having to finish due to work commitments Peter Gibbon and John O'Sullivan took up the reins and the previous season's double turned into the treble as Social won the league District cup beating Gate 3-0 and won the League Cup beating Ark FC 3-2 also the club had an excellent run in the Cheshire Cup losing 3-1 to Halton Sports in the Semi Final the following season again another managerial change Ted Harrison filling the role and the treble was again secured The Plough 4-1 in the District Cup Final and ST Josephs 2-1 in the League Cup Final eight trophies in three season the following season saw a decision made to start a Saturday side and the club became members of the Cheshire League and finished in an excellent fifth place but the Crewe FA Saturday Cup was won with a 2-0 win over Curshaws at the Cumberland Arena Crewe the Sunday trophy cabinet would be empty but Social reached their first ever Cheshire Cup Final losing 1-0 to Cale Green the following season the Sunday side reached the Cheshire Cup Final again but had the heart break of losing on penalties to Bredbury but the District Cup came back to the club after a 2-1 win over Pockets Sam Didsbury and Nath Whitlow getting the goals but there was last game heart break for the Saturday side as they travelled to Poynton on the last day off the season needing a win for promotion but they could only manage a 2-2 draw to miss out by a point but they did clinch their first Cheshire League trophy beating Congleton Res at Middlewich 4-2 to lift the Presidents cup This season also saw the introduction of the Reserve side in the Crewe and District league using several youth players under the guidance on Snowy Hood and Paul Lambert Last season saw the club gain promotion to the Cheshire League Division One finishing runners up to Barnton but the club became the first team to hold the District Saturday Cup and Sunday Cup at the same time 2-0 down to Barnton at Winsford United with twenty minutes to go Social produced another Barton Stadium fight back Stuart Tulloch pulled one back Gary Bryning levelled from the spot and the Tulloch hit the winner to cap a stunning eleven minutes the club also reached the League Cup Final losing 3-1 to Sandbach United The current season will see another new face at the club with Inter League Manager Steve Lloyd taking over as first team manager unfortunately the Reserve side has been folded but Rudhaeth under 18's youth will be sharing the new pitch at Griffiths Park to keep the link with the youth section and provide players for the next generation the future is looking very bright for Rudheath Social FC...........




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Knutsford (A) Greenalls PSO (A) GAMESLEY (H) Pilkington (A) WHALEY BRIDGE (H) Garswood United (A) Eagle Sports (A)

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Middlewich Town (A) LINOTYPE CHEADLE (H) DENTON TOWN (H) Denton Town (A) Greenalls PSO (WARRINGTON CUP) (A)

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Aaron Cameron Aaron Morris Adam Clare Mark Jones Chris Godson (CAPTAIN) Joe Unsworth Elliot Bradshaw Jonathan Crane Steve Edwards Graham Greene Tim Lees

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Christopher Jones Jack McKay Sam McKay Nick Abson Chris Latham Matthew Clarke Nick Newman Ryan Jackson Liam Newman Kyle Wilding Paul Alcock

Tom Darkes James Webb Gareth Fletcher Adam Dickinson Jamie Anderson

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Richard Bettley Craig Humphries Jason Lord Nathan Harwood Stuart Tulloch






Match ACTION: PILKS AT HOME Photos courtesy of Mark Parkinson


First Division Billinge FC v Rudheath Social Crewe v Gamesley Denton Town v Whaley Bridge Linotype Cheadle HN v Barnton Middlewich Town v Eagle Sports Styal v Rylands

J B Parker Division 1 Challenge Cup Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds v Garswood United

Reserve Division Eagle Sports Reserves v Poynton Reserves Egerton Reserves v Greenalls Padgate ST O Reserves Garswood United Reserves v Linotype Cheadle HN Reserves Pilkington Reserves v Grappenhall Sports Reserves Rylands Reserves v Styal Reserves Whaley Bridge Reserves v Daten Reserves


News from up the road… Chorley have announced a three-year sponsorship deal with home shirt sponsors Envirocare. Envirocare has exclusively signed a contract which will give them sponsorship of the Chorley away shirts starting from the 2014/15 season. The grounds maintenance company currently sponsors the home shirt after being successful in an auction in 2013. The company was founded in 2005 and is a market leader in the gardening trade throughout the UK. Magpies director Jeremy Lee said, "This is a significant financial deal for Chorley Football Club." “It is very pleasing to know we have the support from Dave Yates, the managing director, and Phil Harrington, a director from Envirocare for not only the rest of this season but for the next three years.”

Meanwhile at the top level… Reports suggest Man United stars face 25% wage cut if the don't make top four spot According to an exclusive by the Sun's Martin Blackburn and reports via ESPN Manchester United’s players will face a 25 percent cut in wages if they finish outside the top four. United aren't the only Premier League club with this policy. They felt it was fair players should be rewarded for reaching the top four but also share the financial pain if they miss out. The fact that the idea is being publicly discussed is indicative of how far United have slid under manager David Moyes. The start to 2014 is United's worst January start for over 80 years. Dumped out of the FA Cup, beaten by Sunderland in the capital One Semi-Final First leg and almost certainly out of the Premier League title race, the Champions League remains the only ray of light in the Old Trafford gloom. The loss of revenue if United fail to qualify for next season's Champions League would be huge and the weekend fixture is probably Moyes' biggest game to date. Anything but a win will be a calamity.

Who knows if Vaughanie manages to sell some books… AFC Wimbledon have announced a unique sponsorship deal with New York Times Bestselling author, John Green. John, who is a fan of English football and has great admiration for AFC Wimbledon, said, “AFC Wimbledon is a truly extraordinary football club. Basically they're the best football team in the world and I want to help them stay in the football league.” The 36-year-old’s achievements as a writer of fiction books for young adults include winning the Printz award in 2006 for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and he reached number one on a New York Times Best Seller list with The Fault in Our Stars just two years ago. However, John’s collaboration with his brother Hank to create a You Tube channel in 2007 called vlogbrothers has arguably been even more successful. The channel utilised video blogs as a way of the brothers communicating with each other from different parts of the USA. Since then, vlogbrothers has gained an international fanbase known collectively as “Nerdfighters” and has been involved in charity work. AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director Ivor Heller “This has been one of the most exciting and unique sponsorship deals that I have been involved with. "John’s knowledge of the club is astounding and goes to show what a global reach AFC Wimbledon has. We look forward to working with John on many projects in the future..






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